/ Modified may 29, 2017 9:33 a.m.

Episode 139: Inside the City of South Tucson

A look at the city's history, community, fiscal challenges and commercial future.

Facing a $659,000 budget deficit, the city of South Tucson is considering closing its fire department and outsourcing it to Tucson. Officials have also asked Tucson to provide police services a few hours a day.

"Because of the large deficit we're facing, we had to put everything on the table," said City Manager Sixto Molina.

On the program

  • Making ends meet: South Tucson officials are working to meet the city's financial obligations without cutting too many essential services. We meet South Tucson City Manager Sixto Molina at the commercial core of the area to discuss options and his hopes for the future.

  • Doing business in South Tucson: Elizabeth Menke and Churchill Brauninger see promise in South Tucson. They opened their bar, St. Charles Tavern, in September 2015. We visited them to learn about how they decided on South Tucson and the challenges and opportunities of doing business there.

  • Economic empowerment: South Tucson is one of the poorest parts of the metropolitan area, but the YWCA of Southern Arizona is working to change that. Marisol Flores-Aguirre, executive director of the YWCA’s Microbusiness Advancement Center, talks about programs that support economic empowerment and encourage entrepreneurship in South Tucson.

  • Living in South Tucson: What really makes South Tucson unique? We chat with lifelong resident Arlene Lopez about how the area has changed over her lifetime and why she never wanted to leave.

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